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Irish country houses

30 December 2009

1865 – Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway

Architect: Samuel Ussher Roberts Kylemore Abbey, the home of the Benedictine nuns, stands at the edge of the lake surrounded by woodlands. The gothic castle was built by Mitchell Henry, an English businessman...

30 December 2009

1881 – Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo

Architect: J.F. Fuller The architecture of Ashford Castle dates from several eras. The oldest section is a 13th-century Norman castle that once belonged to the de Burgh family. A house styled like a...

09 December 2009

1835 – Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare

Architect: James & George Pain Work began around 1822 and cost about 50,000 to complete. The Pain brothers submitted some classical designs but their client Edward O’Brien, 4th Baronet Inchiquin, chose their neo-gothic...

10 November 2009

1843 – Muckross House, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Architect: William Burn Muckross House is best known for its parkland setting beside the Lower Lake at Killarney, but the house is also worthy of its location. It was built between 1839 and...

05 November 2009

1872 – Kilmaloda House, Timoleague, Co. Cork

Architect: W.H. Hill Kilmaloda House, near Timoleague, was originally the residence of Sampson Beamish and his descendants. After World War II the MacCarthy-Morrogh family occupied the house. We illustrate with present issue a...

22 October 2009

1875 – Blarney House, Co. Cork

Architect: Lanyon, Lynn and Lanyon From The Architect, August 21, 1875: This new mansion has just been completed for Sir George C. J_ Colthttest, Bart., it is built of the light blue hammer-dressed...

15 October 2009

1839 – Dromore Castle, Templenoe, Co. Kerry

Architect: Thomas Deane Dromore Castle, near Templenoe, was built in the 1830s for the Mahony family to a neo-gothic design by Sir Thomas Deane assisted by his brother Kearns Deane. The house is...

09 October 2009

1884 – Sion House, Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone

Architect: W.F. Unsworth Constructed by the Herdman family, who constructed the model village and mills of Sion. Now sadly in very poor repair and must be considered at risk of loss. Published in...

30 September 2009

1868 – Bessmount, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan

Architect: William Barre Originally a relatively conventional Georgian residence, Bessmount was redesigned by William Barre (architect of the Dawson Monument in the centre of nearby Monaghan town) for William Henderson around 1869. The...